Andre Benjamin’s style to me has always signaled an anti-masculinist posture, especially viewed against the oversized pants — draped below boxers and including the requisite crotch grabbing — that has tended to dominate hip hop street wear. Benjamin continues to circumvent the boundaries set up to define (and at times confine) black men. His new clothing line exemplifies a different kind of rebellion:
“For an African-American guy to be a prep, that’s a dichotomy,” he said. “Prep style comes from mostly affluent families who just wear these cool clothes. But when you come from a background that has more struggle, your take on it will be different. There’s a certain kind of rebel to it.”
Prep on Andre. (more on Benjamin’s clothing line here).